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Homegrown sandwich shop off to good start

By master · March 31st, 2009 · 12 Comments

In the neighborhood that brought you the popular Paseo, a new sandwich shop called Homegrown has opened its doors on Fremont Ave. N.

And like Paseo, it’s been busy. “Our goal at Homegrown is not only to create sandwiches out of sustainable ingredients but also to make sandwich creation sustainable itself,” explains the website. A few of the sandwiches on the menu: the blackened cod, flank steak, South Carolina-style smoked pork and the farmers market veggie. They also have soups and salads.

Have you eaten there? Leave a review below…

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Grady // Mar 31, 2009 at 8:32 pm

    I tried them last week, and I wasn’t particularly impressed. The service was slow and clumsy — the staff is clearly still getting their on-the-job training — and the sandwich (grilled cheese) wasn’t all that great. There’s also not a lot to choose from on the menu for vegetarians. I might give them another chance in a month or two once they’ve had a chance to get things running smoothly.

  • 2 AlexDavidson // Mar 31, 2009 at 9:53 pm

    The tweet reviews look pretty good:

  • 3 Sean McClintock // Mar 31, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    I’m interested to know where they source their meat/fish from. So many places claim sustainability but then don’t actually follow through when it comes to something as key as how animals are raised/harvested. I sent them an email about it, hopefully I get a response.

  • 4 chopper_74 // Apr 1, 2009 at 12:49 am

    just going to say, I won’t pay that for a sandwich, esp. grilled cheese. Good luck.

  • 5 Glenn Fleishman // Apr 1, 2009 at 9:51 am

    Just ate there a couple of days ago, and was very pleased. The atmosphere is marvelous: great music, warm environment, nice layout (though it will always be cramped). The staff is fantastic. I ordered a reuben and it was unbelievably good.

    Only problem — I asked twice for 1/2 a reuben and was given (and charged for) a whole one. I wasn’t paying enough attention. Good part? I ate the whole thing…

  • 6 Matt // Apr 1, 2009 at 4:08 pm

    I tried them early last week, wasn’t blown away. Chalking it up to being so new, though. Had the blackened cod sandwich, all I could taste was spicy. The day before a friend had the same sandwich on a sandwich roll, but mine was on regular bread.

  • 7 lauram // Apr 1, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    This place is AWESOME. I went on the first day (by accident) and then went back a few days later. The staff is really nice and the flank steak sandwich is AMAZING! Yes, they were ironing out some kinks this past week, but geesh, lighten up people. I give them credit for bringing fresh local delicious food to Fremont! Thanks to whoever owns this place, I will be back again and again.

  • 8 mook // Apr 2, 2009 at 4:00 am

    I went there with my 2 year old last week and really enjoyed the environment and the staff. The place got overwhelmingly packed, which is a good sign. My daughter's grilled cheese was really good. I got the black-eyed pea sandwich and it was pretty good — not my style though. I think I need to order something different next time, like the B-L-A-T!

  • 9 Sarah // Apr 3, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Stopped in today and had the portabello sandwich. It was super tasty! I especially liked the whole wheat bread. If only it weren't so busy so I could have sat down….

  • 10 Max // Apr 6, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    HEY…they're working out their kinks. Thank god for something new and interesting in Fremont instead of Thai places. Something organic, local, and actually TASTE decent (unlike Flying Apron!) wooo hoooo!

    The fact that it's small is awesome b/c they might actually be able to pay the outrageous RENT these god-forsaken Landlords charge (up to $40/ sq ft). I'm glad they are always busy and crowded. It's a sure sign that being open a few weeks, they're still going strong!

    I had their salad, a tad $$ for what you get. I'd stick their sandwiches. Great friendly people and spot on interior. The only complaint is that there's no diet drinks ( come on…budge a little). And having to bus my own tray makes me feel like I'm in a cafeteria (not so good) but I'll let it slide considering the food is worth it.

    Best of luck let's get MORE variety of food places in Fremont!

  • 11 slag // Apr 6, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    Sadly, my experience there was underwhelming. I wanted to see a “build your own” sandwich option but instead ended up with an overpriced hummus sandwich on flimsy bread. Disappointed.

  • 12 Nick // Apr 20, 2009 at 6:34 pm

    I went here, the sandwich was good, but man their service kinda stinks. Took them forever to get me my meal, no where to sit. Clearly they have a lot of kinks to work out: misplacing or dropping tickets on the floor (only to put them back up on the food prep counter!), staff constantly switching places with each other. Once they get their process ironed out it may improve. Oh, and rent too high? move, there are a ton of places in Fremont that have much more affordable rent!

    Ok, so all that aside, their food is good. Everyone who I know who has gone there loves it, tho it's a bit spendy. I like the concept of the business too. I wish they were just more patient and friendly with those unfamiliar with the menu. Maybe they can take some tips from the guys at Blue Moon or Royal Grinders about friendly service 😉

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